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The Top 10 Drinks for New Year’s Eve 2020

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Start the New Year in style with these top 10 drinks worth counting down for.

For most of us, 2020 has been a year we cannot wait to bid farewell. And, in true New Year’s Eve style, what better way to countdown to 2021 than with a drink in one hand and a party popper in the other.

So, whether you’re away on holiday, celebrating with friends or simply just relaxing at home with your special someone; there is no better way to bring in the New Year than with the pop of a cork or the clink of a can. Regardless of your budget, taste or even occasion, we’ve got the top 10 alcoholic and non-alcoholic bubbles and celebratory drinks for you to try this New Years Eve 2020.

<strong>Staple Drinks Vodka Soda Lime & Gin Soda Cucumber</strong>
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Staple Drinks Vodka Soda Lime & Gin Soda Cucumber

Staple Drinks is a newcomer to 2020’s ready-to-drink canned spirits market with their new take on classic bevvies including the Vodka Soda Lime and the latest release, the Gin Soda Cucumber! Using real Tahitian limes, the all-natural, low-sugar Vodka Soda Lime contains only 89 calories per can and a 4.2% ABV. While the 330ml amalgamation of Australian botanical gin (featuring juniper, coriander, lemon peel & cardamom just to name a few), soda water and real, whole, puréed cucumbers sees the Gin Soda Cucumber taste just like your favourite bartender made it. Both packed with flavour, Staple Drinks’ canned cocktails are best served cold and enjoyed with your mates at any occasion whether that be at the next backyard barbecue or counting down to the new year.

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<strong>Canard Duchene</strong> Brut Rosé NV
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Canard Duchene Brut Rosé NV

Any celebration, especially New Year’s Eve, would not be complete without Champagne! And, in true 2020 fashion, we’re doing things a little differently this countdown thanks to the Canard Duchene Brut Rosé NV. Embodying the charismatic flavours of pinot noir cultivated in Champagne; the Canard Duchene Brut Rosé NV is made from an assembly of 60 different vineyard parcels forming an intense yet equally floral fragrance straight from the bottle. Featuring notes of fruit and hints of buttery brioche, the end result is a delicious combination worth clinking your glasses to.

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<strong>Mr Finch</strong> Apple Lower Sugar Cider
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Mr Finch Apple Lower Sugar Cider

If cider is more your drink of choice, bring in 2021 with a flavoursome one thanks to Mr Finch’s Apple Lower Sugar Cider. Made from juicy Australian apples and 50% less sugar than regular cider, Mr Finch’s Apple Lower Sugar Cider ensures that each sip will see drinkers experience the crisp, tart and sweet tastes of specially selected produce from Australia’s best orchards. From growing to fermenting, bottle and even enjoying, Mr Finch will be the one drink you’ll want to be downing this countdown.

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<strong>Seedlip</strong> Garden 108 & Cucumber Tonic
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Seedlip Garden 108 & Cucumber Tonic

Australians can all agree that after Christmas and the celebrations continuing well into January, sometimes the last thing that we want is to cheer on the new year with a tippled concoction. Regardless of the occasion, Seedlip’s range of ready to drink premixed cans will be the ultimate companion. Think of it as a gin-inspired non-alcoholic beverage that uses farm-grown produce; Seedlip ensures that each sip will have you steering clear of overly fruity mocktails and instead clinking open a can in a sophisticated and delicious manner. Stuck on what to try? We’d recommend the Seedlip Garden 108 & Cucumber Tonic that is filled with a bewitching blend of rosemary, thyme, spearmint and hops.

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<strong>Mumm</strong> Vintage Champagne
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Mumm Vintage Champagne

No New Year’s Eve would be complete without a bottle of Champagne. And, to bring in 2021 in the tastiest and fashionable way look to Mumm’s Vintage Champagne. Made of a blend of 70% pinot noir and 30% grand cru Chardonnay, the finish is rich, voluptuous and a finishing touch of freshness. With aromas of fresh white pear, peach and flowers that are enhanced by honey, toasted bread and praline – shake that bottle and make it pop with a drop that will start the new year on the right note.

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<strong>Stone & Wood</strong> Mixed Carton
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Stone & Wood Mixed Carton

Much like your day-to-day lives, if you’re one of those people who can’t decide what to drink when drinking, then why not have it all? Enter Stone & Wood and their famed six-pack Mixed Carton. Released just this December, Stone & Wood ensures that your New Year’s Eve – whether that be watching fireworks, playing board games or counting down till midnight with a drink in hand – will be filled with flavoursome options. Complete with two Pacific Ale, two Green Coast Lager and two Cloud Catcher Pale Ale bottles, it is the perfect companion this New Year’s 2020 (especially for your beer-loving friends).

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<strong>Barossa Old Vine Co</strong> Shiraz 2015
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Barossa Old Vine Co Shiraz 2015

Nothing starts the new year better than a bottle of wine. So, naturally, you have to give the best of the best. This NewYear’s Eve countdown the right way thanks to Barossa Old Vine Co’s Shiraz 2015. Hailing from South Australia’s Barossa Valley and crafted at one of the region’s most historic sites, the Shiraz 2015 entices wine lovers with its aromas of dark chocolate and warming spice. Leading to a luscious palate of concentrated dark forest berry fruits and layered with a complexity of spice, this dry red is paired effortlessly with any beef dishes – the perfect pairing this New Year’s Eve 2020.

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<strong>Beer</strong>
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Beer

Much like how you can’t celebrate New Year’s Eve without fireworks or poppers, you can’t go without beer either. And, understanding that Australian craft beer enthusiasts love nothing more than trialling all of the latest releases; well, things are about to get hoppy as we’ve done all of the hard work for you. Just in time for the festive season and as the weather is heating up, we’ve found the top 10 Australian made craft beers that are perfect for New Year’s Eve. From the fruity to the marvellously malty, spice up your countdown with a cold one in hand. We’ll cheers to that!

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<strong>Patrick of Coonawarra</strong> 2020 Patrick's Estate Riesling
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Patrick of Coonawarra 2020 Patrick's Estate Riesling

Best matched with a crumbly sheep’s milk feta to elegantly complement the clean finish of the wine; if your ideal New Year’s Eve plans are sitting around with family enjoying an antipasto platter or two, then Patrick of Coonawarra’s 2020 Patrick’s Estate Riesling is the drop for you. Made from a combination of grapes from two vineyards in Coonawarra and Wrattonbully in South Australia, the 2020 Patrick’s Estate Riesling has a vibrant and uniquely citrusy lime flavour that finishes with a floral lift. Celebrating or not, this is one drop you must add to your collection.

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<strong>Rochford Estate</strong> Blanc de Blanc 2018
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Rochford Estate Blanc de Blanc 2018

Even for the wine connoisseurs out there, Rochford Estate’s Blanc de Blanc 2018 is difficult to describe. Encapsulating aromas of wet slate blossom and sherbet undertones, this Blanc de Blanc finally transitions into a taste of wholemeal muffins before ending in a crisp and juicy finish. Best paired with sweet cheeses, we recommend a good gouda which allows the graceful sensation of the wine to be heightened and sharpened to engulf the nutty caramel undertones of the cheese.

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No celebration is worth attending (or hosting) without a charcuterie. So why not serve up the most delicious antipasto platter with these six easy steps? Are cocktails more your style? These 10 festive cocktail recipes are perfect to end 2020 with!

Feature image: Photographed by Yulia Grigoryeva. Image via Shutterstock.
Editor’s Note: Hunter and Bligh was gifted by Coles Liquor, Seedlip and Stone & Wood. All reviews are authentic and are in no way influenced by our partnership. This article does contain affiliate links which allow us to make revenue off some purchases made by our readers.
This article was first published on December 20 2018. It was updated and edited by Hunter and Bligh on December 22 2020.
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